Family doctors demonstrate against cuts
Thousand of family doctors are attending a demonstration in Amsterdam today against government cuts. Health Minister Edith Schippers understands their concerns, but says she is just taking back money that has been "overspent".
Minister Schippers says 132 million euros is being reclaimed from doctors’ budgets, the same is being done with physiotherapists, psychiatrists and other specialists. “It would not be fair if I let family doctors off as the only group.”
The minister says she has to do this to prevent the bill being footed by other services. “The burden has to be distributed fairly. I don’t want to the public to foot the bill.”
The minister hopes family doctors will become more efficient as a result of the measure. The Labour Party is concerned that patients will be affected by the cuts. Doctors fear the measure will cost more in the long run as visiting the family doctor is cheaper than going to hospital.
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